News

10
Dec
1998
Chambers of commerce and other business groups from Buffalo, Syracuse, the Capital District, and many other parts of the state have declared their strong support for the "Upstate Agenda for Growth" proposed by The Business Council. Executives from seven prominent business groups strongly endorsed the Upstate Agenda at a press conference at the state Capitol Nov
10
Dec
1998
Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh is asking New York State businesses to consider supporting the New York Special Olympics (NYSO). Walsh has agreed to serve as chair of the development committee for the NYSO Summer Games, which will be held in Albany for the next two summers. Walsh is urging business leaders in the Capital Region and statewide to consider supporting the Special Olympics by becoming an event sponsor and/or by asking their employees to become volunteers for the Summer Games
30
Nov
1998
ALBANY — "Temporary" taxes totaling $1.38 billion a year that were intended to support New York State medical institutions undermine the competitiveness of New York business, make it harder for businesses to afford health insurance, and fail to deliver many of the intended benefits, according to a new report from The Public Policy Institute of New York State
30
Nov
1998
ALBANY — Chambers of commerce and other business groups from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Schenectady today urged lawmakers to enact an "Upstate Agenda for Growth" proposed by The Business Council. At a press conference at the state Capitol, Daniel B. Walsh, president of The Business Council was joined by representatives of the Greater Buffalo Partnership, the Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
24
Nov
1998
ALBANY — The Business Council has urged legislative leaders to use a December session to pass an aggressive package of bills called the "Upstate Agenda for Growth." The Upstate Agenda would reduce energy costs, accelerate existing tax cuts, enhance workforce development, repeal mandates in order to lower property taxes, pre-approve potential business sites, and promote New York's economic progress to businesses and economic development professionals both inside and outside New York State
24
Nov
1998
November 23, 1998 Honorable Joseph L. Bruno President Pro Tem and Majority Leader New York State Senate Room 909, LOB Albany, New York 12247 Dear Senator Bruno: RE: An Upstate Agenda for Growth, for action in December A December session of the Legislature would provide an early opportunity to stimulate growth in the single remaining area where New York still lags the nation economically: Upstate
24
Nov
1998
Local government and business leaders have begun naming state mandates that decrease local governments' flexibility while driving up their costs and taxes. More than 100 local government and business leaders took part in "mandate reform roundtables" sponsored by the new Coalition for Mandate Reform
12
Nov
1998
Industrial customers nationwide in 1997 paid the lowest prices for electricity in 17 years, according to figures released Nov. 3 by the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, New York State in 1997 still ranked as one of the three most expensive states in the union for electricity, according to the report
12
Nov
1998
Three members of The Business Council's Environment Committee received The Council's "Building A Better New York" award, given in recognition for outstanding contributions to Business Council advocacy efforts. The awards were presented Nov. 5 at The Business Council's annual environmental conference in Saratoga Springs
12
Nov
1998
Peter M. Lieb, chief counsel for litigation with International Paper Company, testified Oct. 14 on behalf of The Business Council in favor of a proposed expansion of the Commercial Division of the state Supreme Court to Westchester County. The Commercial Division was created on an experimental basis in New York City and Monroe County on the recommendation of a 1995 task force appointed by New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye